French skier wins FIS World Championship and breaks France’s 20-year drought


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2021 was a very, very exciting year for France at the FIS World Championships. But maybe it was more exciting for Alexis Pinterault.

At the beginning of last month, Alexis Pinturault became the first French to win the FIS Alpine World Cup Big Globe in more than 20 years.

It was about the World Cup final (which was also Pinturault’s 30th birthday), “where he could prove once and for all that he is one of the best ski racers in the history of the sport,” wrote Bollé.

And the hype was real. The FIS World Cup ski season was 2021 grueling, competitive and full of uncertainty.

This 17-minute documentary accompanies Pinturault through his training program, his travel and racing plan, and decisions about his equipment. He also discusses what goes through his head as he steps up to each gate.

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the FIS World Ski Championships, take a look at a World Cup athlete, and see how much it takes to win.

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Topics: skiing, winter

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